Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 397
ROH has a NEW World Champion, and it’s Matt Taven! What will the newest Grand Slam Champion have to say about finally being atop the mountain?
- Silas Young VS Jonathan Gresham; Young wins.
- The Briscoes VS Soberano Jr. & Caristico; The Briscoes win.
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G1 Supercard had an ROH World Championship ladder match.
And the man to bring the belt down was the NEW ROH World Champion… MATT TAVEN! History was made at the historic event, but where do we go from here?
Matt Taven is here!
The Kingdom’s ring leader walks out, holding the world title high. He takes his time entering the ring before picking a mic. Oddly, some fans chant “You Deserve It!” but naturally others counter, “No You Don’t!” Either way, Taven says he earned the title. Because he DOES deserve this! “Be a Melvin all you want. I know you haven’t accomplished a thing in your entire life so you can’t understand this moment.” But looking at the past years, there’s not a man on this Earth more worthy of being world champion than Taven. Fans actually chant Taven’s name. Taven wants us to think about this: “If you went to your job at McDonald’s, and for the past year, you weren’t appreciated.”
The former world champion, Dalton Castle, ducked Taven. So Taven and his team won the ROH World Six Man Tag titles. Taven went to CMLL to be the first foreigner to win their NWA Historic Welterweight Championship. He returned to ROH and pinned the champ in the middle of the ring “for all you Melvins to see!” Then he went back to Mexico to be the first foreigner to headline their anniversary show. And on top of that, he main-evented Korakuen Hall, main-evented in Vegas, and went 60 minutes to a draw with one of the very best. That moment should’ve been Taven’s, “but it all worked out in the end, didn’t it?” Because in Madison Square Garden, “the memory of Matt Taven will live on forever.”
Taven is the only man is the UNDISPUTED ROH World Champion! And why is that? “Because IIII’M Matt Taven!” And from here on, if you want a shot at the most prestigious title in pro-wrestling, you must do what Taven did for years: EARN it! But wait, here comes Flip Gordon! The Captain of the Flip Army has a new song and a new suit! And he tells Taven, “I couldn’t help but hear in the back that you want somebody to earn their opportunity.” But everyone’s forgetting that Flip won his shot in the Sea of Honor tournament. Taven laughs, because while Flip isn’t the smartest guy in the world, there is a big difference winning a tournament on a cruise where everyone’s partying, and winning the title at MSG!
Well Taven can laugh all he wants, but Flip just talked to ROH management, and his knee is 100%. Therefore, Flip is now THE #1 Contender to Taven’s title! This knee is gonna kick Taven’s ass! Fans cheer for “FLIP! FLIP!” but when and where will Flip fly and challenge Taven for his throne?
ROH management makes that call already!
With Matt Taven willing to be a fighting champion, he and Flip Gordon will face-off in three weeks! The landmark 400TH episode will have the ROH World Championship on the line! Will Taven keep hold of his newly won crown? Or will Flip earn his first world championship to make his own legacy last forever?
ROH reviews the recent history of the Last Real Man and The Octopus.
It was at the 17th Anniversary Show in Las Vegas when Jay Lethal was ready to Hail to the King, but the red balloons were released! Vinnie Marseglia the Horror King appears to attack but so does TK O’Ryan! The Kingdom gets away with beating down Lethal but Jonathan Gresham rushes out to even things up. However, that wasn’t enough when it was 2v1 on the outside. The Kingdom put Gresham on the barriers to SMACK a leg with a chair! In the end, Lethal VS Taven was a time-limit draw. But the night wasn’t over for Gresham as Silas Young came over.
The Last Real Man mocked Gresham’s pain, and said Gresham got what he deserved for interfering in someone else’s business. Silas worked hard to get a match with Gresham for the Anniversary Show and now this happens. What’s next? Gresham can’t compete? No way, Gresham is the best pure wrestler in the company! He’ll fight even with a bad knee! Silas says Gresham needs to lighten up and learn how to take a joke. But then he kicks the bad leg out! Silas added insult to injury, but they’d have it out in a match three weeks later, ROH Episode 394! It was a tough fought match, but Silas stooped to his usual lows with a low blow! Gresham’s grudge only grows stronger, will he settle the score in their rematch, right now?!
Silas Young VS Jonathan Gresham!
The Last Real Man talks trash again as he promises to beat The Octopus again, with another wrestling hold! Will Gresham keep Silas’ ego from growing any bigger than it already is? Or will Silas find a way to cheat Gresham again?
The fans are strongly behind Gresham as he wants right at Silas. The referee keeps them apart and Silas actually wants to uphold the Code of Honor. Gresham is wary, but he does accept. But then Gresham holds on tight! The two grind foreheads but they need to back off before the bell can ring. Silas and Gresham let each other go, and the bell rings! Silas kicks low but Gresham catches it! Gresham gets the headlock takeover but Silas headscissors. Gresham pops out but Silas runs him over with a shoulder. Silas taunts Gresham but Gresham kicks him in the leg. Gresham eggs Silas on but Silas runs him over again, only to get another kick to the leg. Silas walks it off and runs Gresham over again.
Silas jumps the kick to sweep the legs and cover, ONE! Gresham sweeps Silas and covers, ONE as Silas shows off some flexibility. Silas runs but Gresham goes perpendicular and now they’re just running the ropes. Gresham ducks down, Silas goes over, and then Silas blocks the hip toss. Gresham blocks the counter, but then so does Silas, but then back to Gresham, and they end up tumbling out of the ring! Silas runs into Gresham’s headlock takedown, but he headscissors back. Gresham pops out again but roles reverse as Silas headlock takeovers and Gresham headscissors. Silas pops out but Gresham drop toeholds him onto the mat! Gresham throws Silsa but Silas throws him into the ring. Silas runs Gresham over but again Gresham sits up.
Things speed up, but again they counter back and forth on the hip tosses. They both grab the ropes while trying to throw the other over. The ref pries them apart and we go to break.
ROH returns as Silas and Gresham trade waistlocks and standing switches. Silas gets the waistlock slam! Gresham gets up and the exchange of standing switches continues, to end with another waistlock slam from Silas. Gresham still gets up and the switches continue again! Silas again gets a waistlock slam then floats all over Gresham! Fans give credit where credit is due and applaud, but Gresham grows frustrated. They tie up and go around, and Gresham puts Silas in the corner. Silas turns it around, but Gresham turns it back on him. Gresham backs off to CHOP Silas! Gresham seems to borrow something from Silas now.
Silas is a bit surprised. He says he’s the better wrestler, and defends he’s been nothing but clean and fair with Gresham, even though we all know better. But if Gresham wants to be a man, then hit Silas again! Gresham CHOPS Silas again! Silas CHOPS back, and now it’s a chop fight! They go back and forth, and Gresham gets an edge. Gresham ducks a clothesline to throw a haymaker! Silas goes reeling and the ref accuses Gresham of using a closed fist! Gresham argues with the ref while Silas smirks. Gresham grows frustrated and Silas starts taunting him again. Silas offers up an arm, but Gresham is wary. Gresham gets the wrist, Silas rolls and cartwheels through to reverse it onto Gresham.
Fans cheer but Gresham headscissors. Silas pops out, and stops Gresham by again offering up the arm! Gresham grimaces but Silas waits. Gresham grabs the arm and wrenches, but Silas wrenches and suplexes Gresham back! Silas has Gresham’s wrist but Gresham headscissors again. Silas escapes again, but now Gresham offers up his wrist! Fans rally up as Silas considers this. Silas wipes his hands on the ref, then grabs Gresham’s wrist. But Silas doesn’t wrench it, he just reels Gresham in for a clubbing forearm to the back! Silas clubs Gresham down then stomps him. Silas wrenches Gresham but Gresham wrenches back. Gresham snapmares and chinlocks but Silas slips out. Silas wrenches but Gresham rolls and snapmares again.
Gresham wants the chinlock again but Silas slips out and back to the wristlock. Gresham grows frustrated but he spins through. He backs Silas down to a corner, then calls for the break. But then Gresham monkey flips Silas! Silas holds on and fans applaud. Gresham rolls, handsprings, bridges and breaks free to dropkick Silas down! Fans are liking the more aggressive Gresham, too, as he runs in to CHOP Silas! Gresham whips but Silas reverses. Silas runs in but Gresham drop toeholds him into buckles! Gresham marches corner to corner and hits the basement dropkick! Silas bails out and Gresham fires up while we go to break.
ROH returns as Gresham chases Silas into the ring. Silas runs but Gresham hurdles and waistlocks. Silas bucks him off and rolls him up, but Gresham sits on it! ONE and Silas sunsets but Gresham rolls through to jackknife but Silas pops out to another sunset, TWO! Gresham rolls and tilt-o-whirls to a DDT! Silas slumps out of the ring and staggers around the corner. Fans fire up with Gresham but Silas goes for a chair? And the ring bell hammer?! The ref sees the chair and takes it, but Silas has the hammer and SMACKS Gresham in the head!! Silas drags Gresham up into an abdominal stretch! Gresham is OUT, Silas wins!!
Winner: Silas Young, by stoppage
That was a wrestling hold, but that wasn’t what won the match for him! Silas still shakes hands with Gresham to “keep” the Code of Honor! Will the Last Real Man ever beat Gresham like a man? Or will he continue to cheat Gresham in these grudge matches?
ROH brings us back to the G1 Supercard’s Women of Honor World Championship match.
Kelly Klein got Mayu Iwatani up for a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO! Kelly grows frustrated but she wouldn’t let up. She’d get May up again, and hit the K-Power slam! But not just one, but a spinning K-Power on top! And Kelly Klein is your NEW and first-ever TWO-TIME WOH World Champion! But to greet the Pretty Badass, it was Angelina Love & Velvet Sky! The Beautiful People joined ROH, but then Mandy Leon appeared! She looked to be helping Kelly, but she would ATTACK her instead! Jenny Rose and Stella Grey would try to get back at Mandy but she and the Beautiful People would use hair spray and DDT’s to deal with them. Women of Honor, meet The Allure!
Kelly Klein speaks to this incident.
“Where to even begin?” Kelly is the two-time WOH World Champion, but then some “outsiders” felt they needed some attention. That’s what “The Allure” is about. But what Kelly is about is the title. This title is about honor because honor is the name. And honor is about integrity, skill and wrestling. If the Allure want to get involved, if they want the attention, then they’ve got everyone’s attention. They have Kelly’s attention. And she assures them that she will clean up the “hot mess” those three are. Which woman will be Kelly’s first target?
ROH brings us back to G1 Supercard’s Rush VS Dalton Castle.
The Peacock had to worry about The Boys when he should’ve been worried about El Toro Blanco. The minute the bell rings, Rush shotgun dropkicks Castle to a corner! Then goes corner to corner for the Bull’s Horns! And another! Cover, Rush wins!! Tranquilo strikes down the former world champion in shockingly quick fashion, but that wasn’t even the most surprising thing. Castle turns on The Boys!! He gut wrench powerbombs Boy 1, then drags Boy 2 up for BANGARANG! Madison Square Garden wanted to know “Why, Castle, Why?” but even Castle seem conflicted. We will hear from The Peacock next week, what will his explanation be?
LifeBlood’s Tracy Williams and Mark Haskins speak.
“Bully Ray, I didn’t see you, but I know it was you” who attacked Haskins backstage in Baltimore. Because then Bully did the same to Juice Robinson at Madison Square Garden. Of course, LifeBlood wasn’t having it, so Juice, Haskins and Flip went after him and sent him packing. How did Bully respond? He attacked Tenille Dashwood and put her through a table! Bully’s not a bully, he’s a “scared little boy”. LifeBlood will get Bully soon enough, but they’ve got unfinished business with The Kingdom. The Kingdom ran away from a fight in Vegas, so LifeBlood will take The Kingdom out next week. And then, Bully, they end this. Will Hot Sauce and Haskins get through the Horror King and Sassy Wild Horse to then beat down Bully Ray?
The Briscoes VS Soberano Jr. & Caristico!
ROH and CMLL crossover again as a new pair of luchadores make their ROH TV debuts! But will this combination of the Mexican National Welterweight Champion and Mystico Original be able to defeat #DemBoyz on their turf? We find out after one more break.
ROH returns and while Team CMLL wants to uphold the Code of Honor, the Briscoes don’t really care. Caristico shoves Mark but Mark shoves back. The teams calm down and sort out, and we start with Soberano and Mark. Mark throws his headband away and circles with Soberano. They tie up and Mark waistlocks. Soberano spins around to a facelock, but Mark trips him up. Mark jumps on for a grounded headlock, but Soberano works his way up. Soberano gets a hammerlock but Mark slips around for his own. Mark spins Soberano to snapmare and kick him in the back! Mark taunts Soberano but Soberano comes back to circle with him. The Sussex County Chicken taunts Soberano with switching hands in the test of strength, so Soberano just gets his leg!
Soberano brings Mark down and floats to a waistlock and rolls to a cover. TWO and Mark gets clear. Jay comes over to talk with Mark. Mark comes back and ties up with Soberano in the test of strength. Soberano throws big kicks then goes acrobatic to headscissor Mark to a corner! Mark uses the ropes as defense and Jay comes over again, but Soberano gets Jay to back off with a handspring. Soberano dares Mark to come back but Mark stays away. Caristico tags in and waits for the Briscoes to do something. Jay tags in and we have a dream match-up. They both taunt the other with switching hands in the test of strength. Caristico gets in Jay’s face as he switches hands, but Jay grabs him for a headlock. Caristico fights out and to a headlock of his own. Jay powers out and things speed up.
Caristico handsprings but Jay gets clear. Fans cheer as Jay is clearly surprised by that. Things speed up again and Caristico headscissors Jay. Jay swings but Caristico blocks to CHOP and acrobatically arm-drag! Jay flounders out of the ring and regroups with Mark, but then the luchadores spook them as they both build speed! The Briscoes stay back while talking strategy. Fans duel with “Lucha!” “Man Up!” while the Briscoes flank Team CMLL. Mark runs in first but gets caught! He still boots Caristico away and backs Soberano to a corner. Jay runs in to clobber Soberano with a corner clothesline! Mark boots Caristico down!
The Briscoes have Caristico for a double whip and double shoulders! Fans cheer #DemBoyz while Mark builds speed to wreck Caristico with a dropkick. Jay scoop slams Soberano down, then Mark hits a Cactus Jack elbow off the apron! Jay BOOTS Caristico back down and The Briscoes have control while we go to break!
ROH returns once more as Jay pulls at Caristico’s mask! Caristico fights Jay off and runs, but into a big dropkick. Jay tags in Mark and the Briscoes mug Caristico. Caristico crawls but Mark drops elbows on him. Cover, TWO, but Mark hits Soberano. Mark kicks Caristico back then brings him up. Caristico breaks free to CHOP and forearm, but Mark knees him low. Mark headbutts Caristico to the corner and tags in Jay. The Briscoes mug Caristico more with a mudhole stomp. Jay grinds his boot in but lets up at 4. He taunts Soberano but goes back to Caristico. Jay brings Caristico up and scoop slams him. Tag to Mark and Mark mocks lucha libre with his senton atomico. Mark stomps Caristico then tags Jay.
The Briscoes drag Caristico up for more mugging. Fans still duel and Caristico fires off forearms. Jay kicks him back and tags Mark again. The Briscoes double whip but Caristico handsprings for double back elbows! Hot tag to Soberano! Soberano climbs up fast and double crossbodies the Briscoes! Soberano speeds up and Caristico gives him the boost to double dropkick The Briscoes down! Mark and Jay bail out and now Caristico builds speed. Soberano gives him the boost but the Briscoes get clear! Caristico lands safely on the apron, to hold the ropes down for Soberano to FLY! Soberano wipes out the Briscoes and high-fives fans! He brings The Briscoes together for Caristico. Caristico is up top and LEAPS for a crossbody that gets everyone!
Soberano and Caristico regroup while fans rally up. Caristico gets back in and Soberano sends Mark in. Fans duel with “Lucha!” “Man up!” Caristico kicks and whips Mark but Mark goes up and ax handles! Mark fires off strikes on Caristico, then whips him corner to corner. Caristico reverses but Mark puts him on the apron. Caristico kicks back, then SUPERKICKS Jay away! He goes to the other corner to springboard crossbody Mark down! Cover, TWO!! Tag to Soberano and Team CMLL go after Mark. Fans fire up as Soberano climbs and Caristico Electric Chair lifts Mark. They take a page out of the Briscoes’ playbook with a crossbody Doomsday! Cover, but Jay breaks it!
Jay goes after Caristico and throws him out. Caristico drags Jay out and they start brawling. Jay sends Caristico into a chair! Soberano whips Mark but Mark reverses. Jay returns for the big clothesline, then feeds him to Mark’s shotgun knee! Tag to Jay and he drags Soberano up. He turns Soberano but Soberano slips out and boots! Soberano runs but into a sudden Spicoli Driver! Cover, TWO!! Soberano survives and Jay grows frustrated. Fans rally while Jay underhooks Soberano. Caristico runs in and Jay dodges to SUPERKICK Caristico back! Jay rocks Soberano while Mark throws Caristico out. Mark lifts Soberano and the Briscoes coordinate for Redneck Boogie! Cover, TWO!! Soberano survives again! Mark kicks Caristico back out while Jay underhooks Soberano. JAY DRILLER! Mark climbs and Jay brings Soberano around, Froggy-Bow! Mark keeps Caristico out again while Jay covers, The Briscoes win!
Winners: The Briscoes, Jay pinning
#DemBoyz may not be ROH World Tag Team Champions, but they’re still the toughest team in ROH! Will they get those belts back from the Guerrillas of Destiny soon enough?
A pretty great episode of ROH and with only two matches! Taven’s promo was pretty good, because those really are his resume accomplishments. And I still feel we should’ve gotten Lethal VS Taven, real belt against purple belt, because Taven even uses the phrase “Undisputed ROH World Champion”. It’s what I was expecting all along, so it’s a shame we never really got it. But it is great that we’re getting a world title match on Episode 400, Flip Gordon is going to do great in that match, but sadly I don’t think he wins. Silas VS Gresham is becoming an incredible rivalry, whenever they meet, they do great stuff. Gresham’s new aggression is a good development, Silas is really pushing his buttons. I would love if their blow-off was actually something extreme so that Silas can’t actually cheat.
This episode did have a lot of G1 Supercard recap but for the better. I for one didn’t even know about Rush squashing Castle and then Castle turning Heel on The Boys. I look forward to hearing Castle’s explanation next week, and to see where The Boys go from here. Kelly Klein had a solid promo to address The Allure, and the double turn of her to Face and Mandy Leon to Heel is a good development. Without Tenille Dashwood in ROH, they can’t do the story I expected of Kelly being the real attacker. Kelly will need to find allies to fight The Allure at some point, but I expect that after Kelly takes on one member to be attacked by all three, a standard wrestling formula. Mandy could even be the world champion while Angelina & Velvet can be the possible WOH Tag Champions.
LifeBlood VS The Kingdom will be a good match next week, but I bet Bully Ray responds to them calling him out by helping Vinnie & TK O’Ryan. With Taven busy defending his world title, I wonder if Bully teams with Vinnie & TK to take on Tracy, Haskins and Juice as a blow-off of sorts. Then in the main event of tonight’s show, the tag match was great. Briscoes always have good matches, Soberano and Caristico made a great team, but obviously the ROH team wins. Briscoes VS GoD at War of the Worlds makes the most sense to finally give us the tag match we should’ve gotten all along.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/19)
Is the One and Only better than Phenomenal?
It’s the Raw After Stomping Grounds!
Raw wants to kick ass and take names, too! The NEW United States Champion takes on some Phenomenal competition for the first time ever! Plus, Shane McMahon proves to be the Best Sore Loser in the World as he demands a handicap rematch with Roman Reigns!
- 8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day; win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns; No Contest.
- Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater; Slater wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Heath Slater VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Cedric Alexander VS EC3; EC3 wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: EC3 VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn; Kingston wins.
- Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins.
- Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
- Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win.
- Ricochet VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
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Raw opens with Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
And he is still WWE Universal Champion, even after Baron Corbin’s clever ruse. The Lone Wolf tried using a Lady to get in between Rollins and his title, but it was thanks to The Man that things didn’t go their way. Rollins and Becky Lynch made sure Corbin and Lacey Evan got what they deserved, and the two stood tall to end Stomping Grounds. And he’s all smiles as fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins picks up a mic to talk about last night. “Last night at Stomping Grounds, right down the road at Tacoma, Baron Corbin thought he was going to take this title from me.” But here comes The Man! And still Raw Women’s Champion! Becky joins her beau in the ring to stand side-by-side with him.
Fans cheer but Rollins is a bit surprised. Rollins says Becky interrupted him. She did? She did. But before getting into this, Rollins gives Baron Corbin some credit. Sounds crazy, but he was smart to admit he couldn’t out wrestle or out fight him, so he got a ref Rollins couldn’t hurt and who would do anything she could to stick it to Rollins. But Corbin wasn’t smart enough to realize that he has “the best back-up on the planet.” It pays to be The Man’s Man. And when it came to last night, they proved why they’re both the champions of their divisions. Lacey lost but had to come out and tried to steal a title. But The Man came around to slap Lacey’s empty head off its shoulders. But here comes Baron Corbin himself now!
And Lacey attacks from behind!! Lacey is all over Becky but Becky turns it around! Rollins pulls Becky off Lacey but Becky gets mad at him! And then goes back to hitting Lacey! Corbin finally appears but Rollins is right on him, Slingblade! Becky stops stomping Lacey long enough for a Becksploder! Corbin’s plans fail again! The Man and her Man stand tall with their titles, but Corbin says fans SHOULD chant for Becky. She saved Rollins and that title! Rollins should just give Becky his boat, then fly home to put on an apron and make dinner for The Man, since she’s the real bread winner! Lacey agrees, Becky should get her girl on out of here before Lacey puts her hands on him again.
Corbin says Becky is the only reason he isn’t Universal Champion! And he chose Lacey because she’s the only real woman on Raw! He’d even take her in a mixed tag match against The Man and Rollins anytime, anywhere. Lacey agrees! That should be at Extreme Rules. Well if those two dopes are that desperate for getting their heads stomped and arms ripped off, fine. But on one condition: if Corbin and Lacey lose, that’s it! No more matches with either of them ever again! Corbin and Lacey talk it over, and accept. And then they raise it! Oh well their ideas seem to be working out so well. Rollins doesn’t even care what the challenge is, he accepts it! Well he should’ve cared, because BOTH titles are on the line! Will this unique mixed tag championship match be as extreme as it is historic?
8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day!
Washington is still Daniel Bryan Country! The SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions combine forces to take on respective challengers as Jimmy & Jey join forces with Big E & Xavier Woods! Will Dash & Dawson help Bryan & Rowan restore the prestige to WWE’s tag team division? Or will they be no match for positivity and the penitentiary?
Raw returns as the #TopGuys make their entrance, followed by The New Day! Usos break it down: champions VS challengers! “The Little Rascals” and “Spongebob and Patrick” team up but they’ll get locked down! But in this elimination match, once one member of a duo is eliminated, so is his partner! Who will end up at a major disadvantage first?
Teams sort out and Bryan starts against Woods. Woods doesn’t mind that the fans cheer for Bryan, but then Scott Dawson tags in on his own. Dawson says it’s okay, he’ll get this done. He nudges Bryan but Bryan pushes back. Dawson and Woods tie up, and Dawson gets a headlock takeover. Woods gets up and powers Dawson. Tag to Big E and Big E runs Dawson over! Woods holds Dawson in place for Big E’s SPLASH, with a leg drop added! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps on Dawson and whips to scoop. But Dawson slips out and tags Rowan. Big E suplexes Dawson but gets run over by Rowan! Rowan hits Woods and then throws Big E with a sit-out urenage! The Usos come in but get sent out by Rowan alone! Big Red Splash FLOPS!
Fans rally and Bryan tags in, as does Woods. Woods dodges, slides, and mule kicks. Woods whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to then run and leaping lariat! Washington fires up as Bryan clotheslines Woods out. The Revival cheer Bryan, too, as he DIVES to hit- Dawson!? Woods got clear, but then he runs into Bryan’s forearm! Bryan climbs up fast, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Kip-up and fire up! Bryan aims at Woods, to give him Yes Kicks! He aims the buzzsaw but misses! Woods waistlocks but Bryan standing switches to roll up! TWO, and Dash uppercuts Bryan!? Woods rolls Bryan up, The New Day ELIMINATE The Planet’s Tag Team Champions! The Revival’s pettiness may have just cost them!
Dawson goes at Woods but Woods reverses the whip. Dash tags in and Dawson puts Woods out. Woods hits Dash back then kicks Dawson. Woods springboards, into a SHATTER MACHINE! The Revival ELIMINATE The New Day!! Things are evened up in a blink of an eye! Will the Usos be able to avenge the New Day after the break?
Raw returns as The Usos DOUBLE FLY! They take out both Dash & Dawson! They throw hands then put Dash in. Dawson runs but gets a double back drop! Fans rally for the Usos but Dash puts Jey on the apron. Jey kicks back then climbs up for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Dash flounders but blocks Jey’s kick, and ducks the dragon whip! Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip, Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dash keeps The Revival alive, but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Dash springs up. Jimmy jumps over and Dash hits Jey, only to gt a SUPERKICK! Then Jimmy pop, lock and uppercuts! He ducks the clothesline but leaps into Dash’s powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash grows furious that Jimmy survives!
Fans rally up as Dash and Jimmy are on the apron. Dash throws hands and pulls off Jimmy’s shirt to CHOP him. Jimmy headbutts back! Jimmy gets in but his superkick is countered to an Electric Chair! Dawson tags in and climbs up top, Electric Chair Bulldog! Cover, TWO!! Dawson argues with the ref, but two is two. Dawson stomps Jimmy but fans rally up. Jimmy counter punches but Dawson shoves him away. Dawson blocks the kick but still gets the dragon whip! Jimmy climbs up but Dawson stops him with a forearm! Dawson climbs up but Jey tags in. Dawson punched Jey down and calls for Dash. Dash climbs the other corner, but Jey shoves Dash down! Jey climbs up on Dash, SUPERPLEX from Dawson to Jimmy, but Jey SPLASHES down! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The New Day & The Usos, Jey Uso pinning
The Usos win it for their team, but most importantly, this means they beat the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Jimmy & Jey head to Extreme Rules with a championship match on the card?
Raw found Braun Strowman warming up for his Tug of War match.
The Monster Among Men has already proven he’s strong enough to flip a semi truck, but now he shows that he can tow one, too! That’s roughly 8 tons! Can Bobby Lashley stand against such strength?
Raw presents Miz TV!
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns, and his guests are at the center of the most exciting title chase in recent history: The WWE 24/7 Championship! Yes, it is Carmella and R-Truth! The Fabulous Princess walks out with the now 7-time champion, but Miz assures him the interview is a pause on the 24/7 rules. In just a month, this WWE 24/7 Championship has led mobs of superstars all over the world, from a golf course, a tarmac, on an airplane over the Red Sea, and perhaps wildest of all, Drake Maverick’s wedding. Miz shares the YouTube footage from over the weekend, and poor Maverick having his special day ruined with a roll-up.
Back in the present, Miz is shocked! A wedding? Really? Really! This old gag returns after however long. And the fans support it? Yes! Truth thanks them! But he explains to Miz that the 48/7 European TV Championship “ain’t no joke, bruh!” Truth has been barely able to eat, drink or be merry, “if you know what I mean.” He can’t go shopping, he can’t go to picnics, without looking over his shoulder. Truth even has WWE Superstars showing up at his house! Dressing like police, “Sir! Please turn your music down! Your car is on fire!” Yeah right. Truth’s smarter than that. Carmella translates that while the wedding crashing was extreme, the title is that important to him. Wait, here comes Drake Maverick!
A dejected Rockstar Spud says winning that title was the biggest moment of his career, and his wedding was supposed to be the biggest moment of his life, and Truth ruined both of them! His new wife won’t talk to him or go on their honeymoon. And that means they haven’t… “consummated the marriage!” Fiber’s good for that. No, Truth, not constipated… Fans chant “Constipation!” Maverick talks man to man with Truth, asking for a rematch. No shenanigans, just a straight up match right here and now on Raw, to see if Maverick can win back the love of his back. Yeah, let him win his wife back. No, the title!!
Miz is getting information in his ear. If Truth accepts, then it is with a ban from ringside for anyone else. Fans want to see it! Truth accepts Hornswoggle’s challenge! Miz shouts for a ref, and we’ll get this after the break!
WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick!
Raw returns as the bell rings, and Maverick fires off on Truth! Truth shoves Maverick away and hits the Lie Detector! Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; still WWE 24/7 Champion
Well that didn’t last long. Surely Maverick was still hungover from the reception. But now that the match is over, the floodgates open!! Truth doesn’t see it in time, and now he’s surrounded! He manages to knock down EC3 and a few others, then ducks Gran Metalik’s springboard dropkick! Truth kicks Metalik and throws him out onto his amigos! But No Way Jose slips in! Truth avoids the roll-up, but not the NEURALIZER! Cedric Alexander covers, but No Way Jose breaks it up!
Alexander and Jose brawl but the Lucha House Party piles on. Truth and Carmella retreat through the WWE Universe! Truth has the title now, but will he finish Raw with it?
As for Maverick, he stands up, but is clearly distraught. Charly Caruso gets in the ring to ask him about this tough week. Where does he go from here? (Other than just staying 205 Live GM) He can’t really bring the words out, so he simply takes his leave.
Lacey and Corbin talk backstage.
She wants to be Raw Women’s Champion, so he better- Yes, he knows. Rollins has been a thorn in Corbin’s side, too. Coribn will enjoy stomping Rollins out. They need to keep their heads in the game. Rollins is treated like he’s Superman, but Superman has his kryptonite. And for Rollins, it’s Becky. Take her out then they’ll both get the titles. And they might even be a power couple of their own.
2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns!
The Best in the World couldn’t screw The Big Dog out of a Stomping Grounds victory, so now he and the Scottish Terminator try again together! Can Roman again rise up and defy the odds? Or is this deck finally stacked enough to stop him?
Wait, Shane makes sure it is clear this is the kind of Handicap Match with no tagging! Now Roman really will have to overcome both Shane and McIntyre at the same time. He doesn’t seem to care as he makes his entrance, though. Roman uppercuts Shane the second he gets in the ring! The bell rings and McIntyre throws Roman in a corner! McIntyre clubs away on Roman and throws in big knees. Roman hits back with big hands of his own, until McIntyre shoves him away. Roman clotheslines McIntyre out but Shane comes back with body shots! But Roman backs Shane into a corner and rams his shoulder in! BIG uppercut! But McIntyre drags Roman out to throw him into barriers! And then more barriers! And then the steel steps!
Shane joins McIntyre on the outside to stomp Roman. McIntyre drags Roman to bounce him off the base steps! And then picks up the other steps while Shane holds Roman up. Shane feeds Roman to McIntyre’s step battering ram! McIntyre drags Roman into the ring and both he and Shane stalk Roman. Fans duel as McIntyre sits Roman up for Shane’s kick! Shane kicks Roman more then McIntyre stomps him. McIntyre drags Roman up, and Shane whips Roman into a CLAYMORE! But that’s not enough for Shane, he has McIntyre bring Roman up again. McIntyre whips Roman at Shane, for Shane’s SPEAR! Shane again steals Roman’s move, but Shane still won’t end it. He has McIntyre take aim again, for a second CLAYMORE!
And that’s still not enough! Shane climbs to a corner while McIntyre holds Roman, but a gong!? The lights go down, and then come back on, with The UNDERTAKER! He catches Shane, for a CHOKE SLAM! Taker boots McIntyre then fires off fast hands in the corner! Taker DECKS McIntyre, then clotheslines him out! Shane staggers up, but Taker clotheslines Shane out! The Deadman just saved Roman Reigns from Shane and McIntyre! Fans are thunderous as Taker slashes the throat, eyes rolled back. Taker strikes his famous pose and the dark light shines! Is Taker here to finally end The Best in the World?
Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman!
The Monster Among Men won an arm wrestling contest, which Lashley took very sorely. Then Strowman beat Lashley at Super Showdown, which Lashley also took sorely. But now the Rocky Mountain Machine wants to see just how strong Strowman truly is in this old school test! Lashley used a telephone pole for his training, and tore the rope apart! Will that happen to this rope here tonight? Or will one titan fall to the other before that happens?
Fans fire up as each man goes to their corner. They chant “Get These Hands!” as each man straps in. The ribbon is centered with the red line, and the bell rings! Lashley gets an early advantage, but Strowman holds tight. Strowman digs in so hard, the mat carpet is coming up! Strowman is mere inches from the red line, but he grins! Was he toying with Lashley!? Strowman reels Lashley all the way over!
Winner: Braun Strowman
But Lashly is again a sore loser as he goes after Strowman with clubbing hands and stomps! Lashley throws Strowman into a post! Then he grab the rope to pull Strowman back! The rope blinds Strowman as it goes across his eyes! Lashley finally lets go, and Strowman slumps out of the ring. But Lashley isn’t done, he goes out and runs around the corner, only for Strowman to BLAST him off his feet! Lashley gets up to blast Strowman into barriers! Lashley boasts like he won, but he still hasn’t beat Strowman in a match. Will he change that the next time these two meet?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
The Phenomenal One is cleared to compete, and he’s ready to go! But as great as rehab was, why is he after Ricochet so soon? Because sitting at home was killing him. But now there’s a new WWE United States Champion. The match Ricochet had with Samoa Joe was so incredible- Wait why is No Way Jose’s music playing? Styles sees Gallows and Anderson in the conga line!! They’re just partying, good brother. But what about preparing for the Viking Raiders?! Oh AJ, it ain’t nothing but a G&A Thing. They’ve talked about this!
No, he talked about this. They’re still at the top of their game. Like when they lost to the Usos? Come on! Where is the NJPW Gallows & Anderson? The Club!! Where are the former Raw Tag Team Champions? What happened? Well what happened to Styles!? Gallows calms Anderson, and vows they will take the fight to the Raiders.
The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders!
Both these teams held gold while in NJPW, but it seems only one team has held onto that mean streak that made them champions. Can Gallows and Anderson bring back the Doc and Machine Gun? Or will Erik & Ivar put them through a Viking Experience they’ll never forget?
Raw returns as Gallows and Anderson watch the Raiders make their entrance. The bell rings and Gallows goes right at Ivar! He kicks Ivar and throws body shots in the corner. Then a big uppercut! Gallows brings Ivar over and tags Anderson to mug Ivar. But Ivar kicks and clubs Anderson back, then tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Anderson, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Anderson! Erik stalks Anderson to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Anderson reverses but Erik goes up and over, only to get a BIG lariat! Anderson grits his teeth as he rains down rights on Erik! He lets up at the ref’s count but brings Erik over to tag Gallows. The Club whips Erik and Gallows kicks low. Anderson clubs Erik down for Gallows to drive elbows into. Gallows then clamps on a chinlock to thrash Erik around.
Styles watches backstage and likes what he sees from his boys. Erik powers up as fans rally, and he fights out of the hold. Erik shoves but Gallows YAKUZA Kicks! Then Gallows uppercuts Ivar! Tag to Anderson, fireman’s carry, Boot of Doom! Cover, TWO! Erik survives but Anderson scowls. Anderson rains down more hands, but stops to soak up the heat. They want Styles to see this. But Erik forearms Anderson down! Tag to Ivar and Ivar runs Anderson over! Ivar hits Gallows back, but misses in the corner, to still give Anderson a seated senton! Gallows runs in but Ivar cartwheels to clotheslines Gallows out! Ivar builds speed and Erik tags in, Ivar DIVES into Gallows! Erik has Anderson, THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
And Styles is disappointed all over again. What will it take for The Club to get back on track?
Nikki Cross finds Alexa Bliss backstage.
The Goddess is clearly upset, and Nikki apologizes. Alexa isn’t mad at her, she just isn’t sure what they could do different. Nikki still takes the blame, so Alexa says they can just use that as motivation. Bayley is just that good at manipulating people. But there has to be a way to get a rematch. Yeah, they need a plan. But Alexa needs to be alone for that, so Nikki scoots away. Does Alexa already have that plan in motion?
Raw returns and Nikki ends up encountering Naomi and Natalya.
They aren’t sure how to say this, but Nikki being friends with Alexa Bliss, something is up. Alexa is not very trustworthy. Nikki sees the best in people, but they’ve seen the worst in Alexa. Yes, Nikki knows Alexa’s past but- Alexa comes by and asks what’s going on. Is Nikki betraying her with this “neon Bayley buddy”? That’s Ms. Neon to Alexa. Natty and Nikki try to keep the peace but Naomi says Nikki will just have to learn the hard way. As for Alexa, she’s gonna #FeelTheGlow the hard way. Will Naomi and Natty be able to shine some light on Alexa’s true colors?
Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater!
We all know Heath’s got kids, and needs the money, but is taking on a shattered Mojo really the way to go about it?
But wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion returns! As does the horde of superstars chasing him! Truth gets in the ring, but now he’s a target of them as much as he others! Slater keeps out the mob but Mojo points out Kalisto. Truth sends Kalisto FLYING onto the group! And then Mojo goes after Truth! Truth dumps Mojo out but Slater hits a neckbreaker on Truth! Cover, SLATER WINS!!
Winner: Heath Slater, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
What a crazy turn of events! Slater’s got championship money coming tonight, baby! But wait, that means he’s the new target! EC3 drags him out, but Slater ducks to send EC3 into Mojo! #RunHeathRun! But wait, he ends up back in the ring as he fights of Eric Young and Titus O’Neil! Truth is waiting, LIE DETECTOR! Cover, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Simply incredible! Raw has seen three WWE 24/7 Championship matches in one night!! Truth is now an 8-time champion, but the chase doesn’t stop! Cedric Alexander returns outta nowhere, to hit a LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
This is the busiest this title has been in its one month of existing! The Soul of 205 Live finally has a title on Raw, but now he has to run away with it! Alexander dodges Mojo but EC3 hits the Top One Percent! Cover, EC3 wins!!
Winner: EC3, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Ethan Carter III finally gets himself a title! But then Carmella just steals the belt?! That’s not a valid title change! But then Truth rolls EC3 up! Truth wins again!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
NINE TIMES! Truth is a NINE TIME WWE 24/7 Champion! The chase is on again, will there be even more title changes before Raw is over?
Backstage interview with WWE United States Champion, Ricochet!
The One and Only has his first title in the WWE, and it’s still surreal to him. But Ricochet knows it is a feeling he doesn’t want to let go. He will do what he can to keep this title and this feeling. It may be cliche to say, but it did take the support of his family, friends and fans to get him here. But that was Stomping Grounds. Tonight, he faces a wrestler who he has admired his entire career in AJ Styles. Styles is a trailblazer for those who aren’t the biggest but they are the most determined. Ricochet will prove to Styles and himself that he is worthy of holding this title. Will the King of Flight fly higher than ever before here tonight?
Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens!
Kofimania lives on! And he did it by falling with style as he literally leaped over Dolph Ziggler to escape the cage. Charly interviews Kofi in the ring to congratulate him again on his victory. But before she can ask anything more, Sami Zayn interrupts! He and Kevin say the softball journalism is just wasting our time. Luckily, he and Kevin came prepared. Kevin has some real questions so “Not Renee” can just leave. Time for an impromptu edition of the Sami & Kevin show! Let’s see if Kofi can keep up.
Question 1: Why is Kofi here? 2: Who does Kofi think he is? 3: Why doesn’t he just get the hell out of here?! Kofi asks them something back. Does Kevin not see the giant zit that’s bleeding? Kofi can see it all the way from the ring. Sami asks why Kofi is such a “paper champion”? Why is it that Kofi’s identity as champion is “guy that gets help from his friends?” AKA Big E and Xavier Woods, who lost to Kevin and Sami! So why does Kofi use his friends? Hey, just because the best frenemies are always on and off, doesn’t mean everyone does that, too. Kofi, Xavier and Big E are brothers! This bond can’t be broken!
And not winning by himself? But didn’t he beat Kevin at MITB by himself? And Kofi beat Ziggler by himself in that cage match. And just like that, Kofi will beat “Sam Zayn” by himself. Wow. The arrogance. “I did it all by myself!” Classic delusions of grandeur by Sami’s estimation. Sami will give Kofi a reality check! It isn’t about ego, it’s about perseverance! The WWE Championship isn’t just about Kofi but about the fans. And to be honest, Kofi is getting tired of Sami talking. So Sami should just come and get another Trouble in Paradise courtesy of THE W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion, BABYYYYYY~! Kofi is ready, but is Sami ready?
Raw returns with the bell and Kofi circles with Sami. Kevin cheers Sami on as he wristlocks Kofi. Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Kofi picks a leg and drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Sami gets to the ropes and apron. Kevin comes by to check on Sami as he gets back in. Fans rally for Kofi but Kevin tries to start a Sami chant. Kofi and Sami tie up and Kofi waistlocks to a headlock. Sami pulls hair but the ref reprimands him. Sami throws body shots and haymakers, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Kevin cheers but fans boo as Sami comes back for more. Sami CHOPS Kofi then bumps him off buckles. Fans rally for Kofi but Sami whips Kofi corner to corner. Sami runs in but Kofi elbows him away. Kofi slips out and kicks Sami away, then springboards for ax handles!
Kofi rallies with chops and a dropkick! He keeps moving to leaping lariat Sami down! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi makes sure Kevin is watching as he aims from the corner. Kevin warns Sami, and Sami ducks the Truoble to roll Kofi up! TWO, but Sami kicks Kofi back down. Kevin argues with the ref but Sami throws hands on Kofi. Sami whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi springboards to dropkick Sami down! Sami rolls to ropes again, but Kofi is on him with another whip. Kofi jumps but Sami bails out. Sami regroups with Kevin, but Kofi slides out. Sami dodges and hotshots Kofi down! Kevin gets cheap shots in! And then jogs away to get away with it. Sami goes out to fetch Kofi into the ring as Kevin applauds.
Sami stalks Kofi and rains down hands into Kofi’s head. He wraps Kofi in a chinlock but fans rally up. Kofi gets up and fights out but Sami punches him back. Sami whips and runs Kofi over with forearms! Sami toys with Kofi and brings him up for more hands. He whips Kofi but Kofi clotheslines Sami back! Fans rally up as Kofi slowly stands. KOfi counter punches Sami and backs him down. Kofi whips but Sami reverses to kick and punch Kofi back down. Saim runs but Kofi leaps on him! Kofi rains down furious rights! Then runs back in, but gets an exploder into buckles! Kevin shouts for Sami to cover and Sami does, TWO! Sami and Kevin grow frustrated but Sami keeps on Kofi in the corner.
Sami hoists Kofi up top but Kofi fights back! Kofi then adjusts and leaps, but Sami gets clear. Kofi lands on his feet but gets a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Sami and Kevin are shocked that Kofi survives! But Sami aims and runs corner to corner, to get leaping double stomps! Fans rally up again and Kofi runs at Sami, but is put on the apron. Kofi punches back then springboards, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives again and Sami grows frustrated. Sami drags Kofi up, waistlocks, but Kofi resists the lift. Kofi punches away on Sami, but Sami reels him in, Blue Thunder gets a sunset flip counter! Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Sami and Kevin are stunned! Kofi proves he can get it done on his own, but Kevin gets on the mic. If Kofi thinks he’s so great, then he needs to prove it more! Have a match with Kevin Owens, right here and now! Kofi considers it, and figures why not! Kofi goes back to the ring for another match! Is he going to complete the sweep after the break?
Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn!
Raw returns as Kofimania goes for a double header! The bell rings and Sami distracts! Kofi falls for it, and gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin hurries up top, SWANTON onto knees! Kofi saves himself there and Kevin goes to the corner. Kofi and Kevin both stand, SUPERKICK! Kevin covers, TWO! Kevin grimaces as he drags Kofi up, and whips him, to a Pop-up, but Kofi slips out! Kofi sends Kevin out but Kevin drags Kofi out. Kevin kicks and prepares a bomb, but Kofi back drops Kevin down! Both men are down and crawling around while Sami lurks nearby. Kofi runs at Kevin but is sent into the barriers! Kevin runs at Kofi but gets an SOS to the ramp! Both men are down again but Kofi crawls to the ring.
Kofi gets in at 9, Kevin is down! The count hits 10, and Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by count-out
But Sami is right on Kofi! Kofi throws Sami out and Sami is with Kevin, as Kofi FLIES!! Kofi still has so much left despite all he’s been through, but is he going to hit a wall sooner or later?
But wait! Samoa Joe attacks Kofi on the stage!! Joe drags Kofi up to throw him into LED panels! And then swings him around to slam him back into them! Joe drags Kofi up for an urenage! Kofi writhes while Joe looms over him. Joe leaves and the referees bring But Joe attacks again! With the Coquina Clutch!! Kofi is out cold, and Joe finally leaves him alone. Is the Samoan Submission Machine going to be the one to end Kofi’s dream come true?
Raw announces a HUGE Extreme Rules PPV match!
After the Undertaker returned to save Roman Reigns, they will team up to take on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre! Will the Yard truly belong to The Deadman and the Big Dog? Or will the Best in the World and his Scottish Terminator find a way to stack the deck in their favor?
Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!
The Goddess failed to bring the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Raw, but she still claims it is because Bayley is a bully and a liar. But Naomi and Natalya know Alexa is all that and more, it’s just a matter of getting Nikki to see that. Will this match do a lot to expose Alexa’s true intentions? Or will the wool still be pulled over the eyes of Crazy Cross?
The bell rings and Naomi SLAPS Alexa! Alexa swings but Naomi splits to dodge! Alexa runs into a kick and another slap! Naomi runs into a big lariat! Alexa scowls as she looms over Naomi. She goes to pick Naomi up but Naomi kip-ups! So Alexa throws Naomi down! Cover, ONE! Alexa grows annoyed, but she stands on Naomi’s hair. Naomi kicks Alexa away! Then kicks her legs out, to drop the splits leg drop! Cover, TWO! Alexa scrambles away and regroups with Nikki. But Naomi runs and baseball slides, to WRECK Nikki! That was not her intent but Alexa did dodge. Alexa gets back in and catches Naomi with the Bliss-DT! Cover, Alexa wins!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
The Goddess doesn’t seem that torn up about Nikki getting hit. But then she goes after Naomi more! She stomps Naomi down and tells Nikki to get hers in. Alexa keeps kicking Naomi then brings her up for Nikki. Nikki doesn’t understand, but she does shove Naomi and Alexa down. Here comes Natalya! The Queen of Harts runs off Alexa and Nikki to defend Naomi. Is this going to settle down after the break?
Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
Raw returns and now it’s friends against friends! Nikki still doesn’t seem sure about this, but she starts against Naomi. Naomi dropkicks Nikki down then brings her over to the corner. Natty tags in and she rolls Nikki, ONE! Natty keeps on Nikki with a snap suplex, then another. Nikki gets up and avoids a third, then hops on for a thrashing sleeper hold! Natty throws Nikki off, then hits a discus lariat! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Nikki but Nikki headbutts back. Tag to Alexa and Alexa grabs Natty, only for Natty to power her all the way back! Natty rams knees in then tags in Naomi. Naomi puts on a full nelson and thrashes her about. Alexa endures but gets a Full Nelson bomb! Body scissor cradle, TWO!
Naomi keeps on Alexa with a facelock, then bulldogs her into buckles. Tag to Natty and Natty rebound sits Alexa down. Natty runs on Alexa but Nikki blocks her path. Alexa DECKS Natty with a right! Cover, TWO! Nikki rallies for Alexa while Alexa wraps Natty in a chinlock. Natty endures as fans rally up. Natty fights her way up and fights out of the hold, then scoops Alexa for a Michinoku Driver! Both women are down but Natty crawls to a cover, TWO! Nikki still roots Alexa on as Natty clubs away. Natty snap suplexes Alexa down then drags her up for another. Natty drags Alexa around and wants the sharpshooter, but Alexa powers out! Tag to Nikki! Nikki rallies on Natty with furious forearms! She throws Natty into Naomi! Then splashes on Natty in the corner, to a bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Nikki keeps moving, going to the ropes. She shoulders and slingshots in for a dropkick! Then she hurries up top, and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki doesn’t slow down, she fires up more. She brings Natty to their corner and Alexa tags in. Natty fights back, but Alexa lets Nikki take care of Natty with The Purge! Alexa covers, Alexa and Nikki win!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning
Nikki is still confused, but only because Alexa let her do all the work. Though, Alexa did do a lot of work against Naomi in their singles match. Are they going to work like this all the way to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?
Ricochet VS AJ Styles!
Raw brings us this incredible first-time-anywhere match-up! And while it isn’t for the WWE United States Championship, surely a win would mean the Phenomenal One is back at the front of the line for the title he once held. But with how hard he fought to get here, will the One and Only only fight that much harder to be better than phenomenal?
The bell rings and Styles circles with Ricochet. They tie up as fans duel and Styles powers Ricochet to a corner. The ref calls for a break and Styles backs off. Styles and Ricochet circle again and tie up again. Ricochet wrenches and wristlocks, but Styles rolls and handsprings to reverse it. Ricochet works to do the same but Styles catches him to a headlock! Styles has Ricochet on the mat but Ricochet rolls to a cover, ONE! Ricochet rolls again and Styles lets go. Styles runs into an arm-drag, and then another! Styles stays back to avoid a third, and fans cheer the exchange.
But here come Anderson & Gallows down the ramp. Ricochet is wary of The Club being here in Styles corner now. He and Styles tie up again, and Ricochet headlocks. Styles powers out but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet has to worry about Anderson swiping at him, but Styles is just as surprised. This isn’t what he meant when he said they should take things more seriously. Styles can do this on his own! He even gets on the mic to tell them they’re not ruining this. He wants them to leave, and now. The Club backs off to leave Styles be. Raw goes to break, will Anderson & Gallows really honor Styles wishes?
Raw returns once again, and it really is just Styles and Ricochet now. They tie up again, and Ricochet waistlocks. Styles standing switches, but Ricochet does, too. Ricochet headlocks, and holds on as Styles tries to power out. Fans duel again as Styles gets back up. Styles throws forearms and back suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet runs and rolls off Styles’ back, then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick Styles down! Cover, ONE! Ricochet keeps on Styles with haymakers in the corner. Ricochet wrenches and brings Styles to the mat. Styles gets up but Ricochet wrenches again, then tucks Styles in for a modified standing stretch. Ricochet makes it a cover, TWO!
Styles powers Ricochet to a corner! Ricochet forearms back but Styles CHOPS back! Ricochet throws another forearm but Styles rocks him with a right! Styles shakes it off while bringing Ricochet up for a CHOP! He whips but Ricochet rolls off his back again, only to get a PELE! Styles brings Ricochet up and bumps him off buckles. He rams his shoulder into Ricochet, then snapmares him for a swift kick to the back. Fans duel while Styles grimaces through a scratched and bloody face. Styles drags Ricochet up again but Ricochet blocks the suplex. Ricochet fights back with forearms, but runs into a back drop! Styles looms over Ricochet before bringing him up for a stiff forearm! Ricochet hits back and then dropkicks Styles down!
Styles bails out but Ricochet runs, to FLY! Direct hit but a bit double-edged! Ricochet gets up to get Styles back in the ring. Ricochet covers, ONE! Styles gets to a corner but Ricochet is on him with a snapmare. Ricochet runs and hits a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ricochet grows frustrated but he keeps focus on Styles. Styles kicks Ricochet back and snap suplexes him into buckles! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is dazed but still in this. Styles keeps his cool as he stalks behind Ricochet. Styles clamps on a chinlock and bends Ricochet back in a pseudo Camel Clutch. Ricochet endures being bent and stretched and fans rally up behind him.
Ricochet stands and fights out with body shots and uppercuts. He backs Styles into a corner then whips, but Styles reverses. Styles runs in but into a boot! Ricochet runs, ducks and dropkick-flips! Styles back hands but Ricochet PELES Styles! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stand. Ricochet counter punches Styles, then throws forearms and CHOPS! He whips Styles but Styles reverses again, only to get a forearm! Ricochet keeps moving to huricanrana Styles! Styles goes to a corner and Ricochet runs in, shoulder tackle! Then springboard, flying clothesline! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Ricochet can’t believe it! Ricochet keeps his cool, though, and gets Styles up.
Styles blocks the suplex, so Ricochet throws hands. Styles escapes the suplex and returns to the corner. He elbows Ricochet back then hops up, but Ricochet gets under the moonsault! Only to run into a scoop, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles gets up and stalks Ricochet again. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet counters to a jackknife cover, TWO! Ricochet boots but misses, and Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! High stack cover, TWO!! Styles is still frustrated but still focused. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet uppercuts him away! Ricochet baits Styles into a corner and gives him a back elbow. Ricochet CHOPS then suplexes, twisting neckbreaker! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet’s frustration starts to boil over as Styles survives. But he drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up top. Ricochet aims, 630 but he has to bail out! Styles forearms Ricochet away, springboard to the PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
And the Phenomenal One beats the champion! Styles takes the belt, but helps Ricochet up. Styles shows Ricochet respect by raising his hand. But is this just the first time we’ll be seeing both men in the ring together? Will Extreme Rules have an even greater rematch?
Stomping Grounds surprised us with a lot of great stuff, and Raw follows up with some great action, too! Though, they do get the slightly disappointing part out of the way early in further recycling the rivalries of Rollins-Corbin and Becky-Lacey. Extreme Rules gives us a Mixed Tag match that should be pretty fun, and the creative part is that it’s for both the WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships. It sounds like it won’t be something more like a No Disqualifications match, because I’d love to see Becky and Rollins smack away on Lacey and Corbin side by side with kendo sticks. It’d make that match worth it since there’s no way Corbin and Lacey win those titles. And it probably keeps Lesnar from cashing in, too, since Becky would be there to back up Rollins.
I guess we’re still recycling Strowman VS Lashley, too. Their tug of war was a fun bit, but Strowman sure is sweeping Lashley in everything. I wonder if this means we see the return of a Bull Rope Match, and not the kind where they need to tag the corners. These two whipping each other with the rope, using the rope to “choke” each other, that might be what this feud needs to end decisively. And then one of these guys can start challenging for a title again, depending on who has what after Extreme Rules. Probably the Universal Championship to give Rollins some competition but also to be thrown in the mix with Lesnar and that MITB cash-in. Strowman and Lashley both daring Lesnar to try would be pretty good stuff to carry Raw to Summerslam.
Teaming up the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions was a pretty good match for tonight, after what we got before Stomping Grounds. I just wish it wasn’t the kind of elimination match where one member means the whole team. But given what else we got tonight, the time constraints were surely why, and perhaps for the greater good. With the Heels not working together well, I still hope this turns things into a story for all the titles. These four teams, and perhaps throw in the Viking Raiders and Heavy Machinery for a massive Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championship #WinnersTakeAll match would be great for Extreme Rules or Summerslam. How else are the Planet’s Tag Team Champions supposed to save the division?
I think the best thing Raw did tonight was the WWE 24/7 Championship stuff. I wish Maverick had put up more of a fight, but perhaps this prompts something big on 205 Live. Then the rest of the action was amazing, with the multiple title changes and Truth racking up the title reigns. It was incredibly creative for it to invade a scheduled match, I’m surprised they didn’t try that sooner. I don’t know if we even need anything more on SmackDown, this was great. The second best thing was Undertaker returning to Raw to go after Shane and McIntyre! It isn’t really clear why, but maybe it leads to something even better, like Taker VS Roman at Survivor Series for Taker’s 30th anniversary and actual last match.
It’s pretty clear Raw still needs SmackDown to help since Kofi pulled double duty. It’s great build for his reign, but it’s just a shame Vince didn’t schedule a Raw-exclusive story here. Joe going after Kofi was pretty great, though, and I would love if Kofi VS Joe got to be the Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules the PPV. In order for Kofi to establish himself, he needs someone as vicious as Joe to overcome. Though, it would be nice if there was a SmackDown superstar that could’ve done it. But at the same time, it’ll be like Alexa VS Bayley, teasing that Raw could end up owning both belts. Styles VS Ricochet was great, and Styles’ story with the Club is taking interesting turns. Ricochet VS Styles has to be the US Championship match, I just hope it’s Styles who turns instead of the Club turning on him.
My Score: 8.3/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.40 ~ 23RD JUNE 2019
NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!
NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!
In between “Global Junior Tag League” ending on the 13th June, and “Global Junior Tag League” starting on the 27th June, NOAH held a small interim tour of only three days. In the past these tours would have names like “Navigation with Spirits”, “Navigation to The Future” (or my personal favorite “Navigation on Stormy Seas”), but sadly LIDET have done away with these, and now all the interim tours are simply “NOAH The Spirit”.
It should be mentioned that all the tours have had excellent attendances with full houses each night, and this has given a tremendous morale boost to NOAH.
Yoshiki Inamura and his “rival” Kinya Okada faced off on the first night in Aizu, with the more experienced Inamura picking up the win. The rest of the tour was Inamura teaming with Kongoh, and Okada having matches with seniors like Daisuke Harada & Masao Inoue.
Junta Miyawaki faced his seniors (and lost to them) starting with Hi69 in Aizu on the 19th, Naomichi Marufuji on the 22nd and Atsushi Kotoge on the 23rd. Kotoge’s unanimated lack of expression and unusual calm demeanor is starting to scare people…
Miyawaki showed his first element of defiance, by refusing to shake hands with Marufuji. It’s rare for Miyawaki to act in this way towards his seniors (I can’t imagine this happening to Misawa had he asked Marufuji for one at that age and at that point in his career, then again 2001 was a very different world).
Hitoshi Kumano had his first singles match ever with Takashi Sugiura on the 22nd June in Nagano, and said that he was so happy about facing his hero, he couldn’t sleep. Nothing was going to mute this excitement, even the fact that he lost to him.
RATELS entered into their usual squabble about Global Junior League (this happens every year, with Tadasuke threatening to poison everyone last year, but this year he yelled out to whoever was listening, that he would win), with Daisuke Harada saying he was going to win in the backstage interview.
Naturally, this did go down well with the others, with Tadasuke walking off over it, and then coming back to point and yell at Harada that it was HIS victory that would happen.
On the 22nd June, YO-HEY lost to Yoshinari Ogawa, and Tadasuke became irate and started yelling. Harada got into the ring to try and calm the situation, but this only made Tadasuke angrier and he left (still shouting), although he later apologized and said he was disappointed.
RATELS seemed to have patched up their differences by the 23rd, but again no one wanted to trust each other, and in their post match interview, when they went to do their handshake they all jumped back into a defensive pose with their fists raised. Even HAYATA (who is in Block B), and was smirking at the others arguing with each other, joined in.
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi (and various other partners) faced Kongoh each night. The record stands with Kiyomiya having two victories over the group in three nights, the third was when Kenoh pinned Hi69 following the foostomp.
On the final night of tour, Kaito Kiyomiya spoke on the microphone, and hinted that he and Taniguchi may team up together to take the tag belts. One of his dreams was to hold both championships.
Kenoh’s tri-weekly column was back to talk about the Misawa Memorial show, his rants against others, his shock at Atsushi Aoki’s death, and KENTA’S return to Japanese wrestling (albeit New Japan), or as he put it “that man has returned”.
Kenoh (who says he respects KENTA, despite his rant) says that he will make NOAH a place that KENTA will want to come home to, as well as making him regret that he ever chose New Japan over “his home”. Naturally, Kenoh wouldn’t be able to keep his ire at Marufuji supporting KENTA out of it, and said that Marufuji’s message of support to him was Marufuji saying “anything to be popular”.
Both Marufuji and KENTA responded to Kenoh in different ways.
In usual talkative style, Marufuji posted a picture of Kenoh’s article with graphics over it, with a message that didn’t really translate too well but basically saying there was nothing wrong with being supportive, and hinting at a secret (and for good measure he called him “Kenoh-kun”, which he knows will wind him up)
KENTA, in usual quiet style, made no comment, and simply posted a picture of the column to his Instagram story.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and KAZMA SAKAMOTO)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ Go Shiozaki got stuck in his jacket
~ YO-HEY wouldn’t let HAYATA leave during the post match interview in Aizu
~ Hitoshi Kumano said he is aiming to have a body that does not lose to the heavyweights, but would cause havoc amongst the juniors
~ Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (again)
~ Yoshinari Ogawa held a training session for the roster at Takaoka, Toyama before the event started. He taught Kaito Kiyomiya and the new trainee.
~ IPW have mentioned that Daisuke Harada will be defending the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, but have said that NOAH will make the announcement.
~ Naomichi Marufuji’s search for a tag partner continues.
~ In Aizu, AXIS wore t-shirts with “AIZU” on them.
~ Hitoshi Kumano can be considered the unofficial third member of AXIZ.
Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm
The opening night of Global Junior League (Thursday 27th June 2019, Korakuen Hall) broadcast at Friday 5th July on Samurai.
“The long days of summer are just around the corner: the stories behind the famous photograph of June 2000”
Global Junior League: Mini interview with YO-HEY
Global Junior League: Mini interview with Minoru Tanaka
The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Ten Year Event, and “The Future of Noah”, presented by 22 year old Kaito Kiyomiya
“It’s been ten years since Mitsuharu Misawa died” ~ Keiji Mutoh’s memories
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, KENTA, PKDX
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
Newsletter by Hisame